Magazine article USA TODAY

Lower Heating Bills Could Be on the Way

Magazine article USA TODAY

Lower Heating Bills Could Be on the Way

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Lower fuel prices combined with anticipated milder weather should result in reduced heating bills for U.S. households this winter, according to the Energy Information Administration--and that is welcome news for consumers in these uncertain economic times, suggests the Alliance to Save Energy, Washington, D.C., adding that employing energy-saving measures around the house can reduce heating costs even further, while making homes more comfortable and lowering their carbon footprints.

The 2009-10 Winter Fuels Outlook released by EIA says the average U.S. household's heating bill for the 2009-10 season will be lower than last winter's by $84, or eight percent. The Alliance has projected that the average U.S. household will spend around $2,000 or so for home energy in 2009.

"Heating accounts for 31% of the typical home's energy costs," points out Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance. "So, using energy efficiency measures to lower those heating bills will keep real money in consumers' pockets. …

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